Helen S. Ward


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Princeton - Helen S. Ward, 92, passed away Saturday, March 23, 2019, at Eastport Memorial Nursing Home. Helen was born in Baileyville on October 24, 1926, daughter of Edward and Lida (Smith) Southard.
After graduating from St. Croix High School in Baileyville, Class of 1944, Helen moved to Washington DC where she worked for the Ration Board during WWII. She eventually returned home where she taught school in Alexander for a year and in 1946 married her love, Paul Ward. Later, Helen became a cook for Princeton Elementary School for several years.
Helen enjoyed cooking and baking, especially wedding cakes, and was known for her "famous" Mocha Cakes. She also enjoyed knitting, supplying many locals with slippers and dishcloths. Helen was a member of the Princeton Congregational Church where she was active with the Sunshine Circle, and in earlier years was a member of the Grange.
In addition to her parents, Helen was predeceased by her beloved husband Paul Ward Sr.; a son Paul Ward Jr.; grandson Clint Brown; four sisters, Evelyn Libby, Deanie Hurd, Lida Cooper, and Ollie McConaghy; and two brothers, Edward Southard Jr. and Donald Southard. Surviving are her two children, Bert Ward and wife Anna of Princeton, and Gayle Barschdorf and husband Walter of Pownal; six grandchildren, Billie Jo Jack and husband Paul of Nakawic, NB, Kadance Ward of Princeton, Jason Barschdorf and wife Danielle of Yarmouth, Jennifer Barschdorf and husband Brian Purdy of Buxton, Jill Ray and husband Seoras of Gorham, and Jayme Barschdorf of Pownal; eight great-grandchildren, Brianna, Eliza, Maia, Quinn, Paul, Madalynn, Eoighan and Fiona; one sister, Luella Perkins of MA; sister-in-law Edna Southard of Calais; dear friend Penny Braley of Princeton; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be held 12 noon until the hour of service, 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at Mays Funeral Home, 26 Church St., Calais. Burial will be held in the spring at Meddybemps Cemetery. Condolences and memories may be shared at
Published on March 24, 2019
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3 posts

Mary Bates
Mar 25, 2019
Gayle and Walter,
So sorry to hear of Helens passing. I can’t began to say what a wonderful person she was. She always came to Gardner Street with goodies and a gift for each of the people that lived at G Street. She always had that wonderful full of life about her. Gayle it shows what wonderful parents you had by what wonderful caring children they brought up. Paul, You and Burt are a prime example of that. I wish that I could make the service, but I will be returning home from vacation on that day. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Love, Mary
Linda (Braley) Rines
Mar 25, 2019
Thoughts and prayers are with you all on the loss of your Mom. Got to visit with her several times while with my Mom, Penny. Helen was a lovely woman and always had interesting stories to tell. She'll be missed by many.....Linda & Ron
Peggy( Getchell) Adams
Mar 24, 2019
So Sorry to hear of Helen passing she was a good friend of my mom and Dad Elsie and Howard Getchell for many year. I got to met Helen a few years ago what a lovely lady. Prayers.